Archive - May 2015

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Utah’s CNS Hospice Donates to The Inn Between Homeless Hospice
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Meridian’s Accent Hospice Donates to Boise Rescue Mission
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Walla Walla Community Hospice Donates to Local YWCA Domestic Violence Program

Utah’s CNS Hospice Donates to The Inn Between Homeless Hospice

The Inn Between Homeless Hospice Gets a Helping Hand from CNS Hospice

Salt Lake City, UT.  Community Nursing Services’ hospice program has made a significant donation  to The Inn Between, a new hospice created to serve the area’s homeless population.  Since Community Nursing Services (CNS) is a non-profit business, they are usually the recipient of charitable contributions, but in this case, their pharmacy administrator, Origins Pharmacy Solutions, offered a way for the hospice to be the benefactor.  Through a campaign called “One for the Least of These”, a portion of CNS’s drug expenditures were donated by Origins to a charity that serves the homeless or displaced children. Kimberly Dansie, VP of Business Development at CNS, said they chose The Inn Between because the homeless population is underserved and One For the Least of These was a way they could meet some of the needs of their homeless community.

CNS was established in 1928 – the state’s first hospice program.  It is Utah’s oldest non-profit home health and hospice provider.  They have 10 offices from Logan to St. George and reach 93% of Utahns.  For the past 5 years, their organization has been crowned the “Best of State” in hospice as they remain committed to their mission:  “To create moments and experiences that heal individuals and families, by providing compassionate care, and by putting health, dignity, comfort and well-being first.”

The Inn Between is thrilled to receive the donation just days before they hope to open their doors at the old Guadelupe Schoolhouse in west Salt Lake City on June 1.  Kim Correa, Executive Director  is heading up the project that has been moving from conception to reality for several years.  There is a huge need for this homeless hospice facility. 70 homeless people died in the valley in 2014.  In the past, Utah’s homeless would die alone, in a hospital or on the street. Someone would call 911 and the person would be picked up by the coroner and transported to a contracted morgue.  “After their ashes sit unidentified on a shelf for 50 years, they are disposed of and nobody would know who they were”, says Correa.  “Our vision is to help the person who is homeless and dying to reconnect with family if possible.  We will hold a service in our garden and put their name on a plaque right here,” as she points to the brick wall dividing the vacated school and the old Catholic convent where The Inn Between administrative offices are.  “We will also post an obituary on our website, which could help people find them even after they die”.

Upon opening, the vast team of volunteers will celebrate a renovated 14,000 sf facility converted to house 20 residents referred from hospitals, outreach programs, or the 4th Street Clinic.  CNS’s donation will be used toward the start up costs which present one of their greatest needs at this point.  “We need donations for general expenses and volunteers – both skilled and non-skilled workers; especially a lawyer, CPA, and bookkeeper,” says Correa.  “We have over 100 volunteers now, but need more to be able to cover all the bases.”

For more information about CNS or The INN Between, visit CNS-cares.org or TheInnBetweenSLC.org.

Meridian’s Accent Hospice Donates to Boise Rescue Mission

Boise Rescue Mission Receives a Helping Hand from Meridian’s Accent Hospice

Boise, ID.  Accent Hospice Care, LLC, has donated hundreds of dollars to the Boise Rescue Mission (BRM) in honor of a patient they have who was living at the mission.  In many instances, hospices are the recipient of charitable contributions, but in this case, their pharmacy administrator, Origins Pharmacy Solutions, offered a way for the hospice to be the benefactor.  Through a campaign called “One for the Least of These”, a portion of Accent Hospice’s drug expenditures were donated by Origins to a charity that serves the homeless or displaced children. The staff at Accent said  “We chose the Rescue Mission because we believe that their mission statement and ministry closely align with our hospice philosophy of providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support to individuals and families that are journeying from this life to the next.”

Accent Hospice Care, LLC is based in Meridian, Idaho and provides hospice care for individuals and families that are experiencing the end of life process.  Reverend Bill Roscoe, President of the Boise Rescue Mission said, “We are so thankful to Accent employees for choosing to donate to Boise Rescue Mission.”

Since 1958, Boise Rescue Mission has taught the Word of God and provided food, shelter, clothing and opportunities to recover from homelessness to men, women and children in need. BRM is the largest provider of services to the homeless in the state of Idaho and their priority is to address the root causes of homelessness, such as mental illness, lack of education, addiction, etc., to help homeless individuals and families become self-sufficient. Accent Hospice’s donation will provide 188 meals in the BRM’s dining facilities.

Last year, BRM facilities served 10,000 individuals 375,612 nutritious meals, provided 126,729 warm beds, distributed 68,356 items of clothing, and provided career assistance to hundreds of individuals and families to help them successfully transition from homelessness back into the community as independent citizens. They have five facilities in Boise and Nampa.

As individuals transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency, they benefit from BRM support services for each step of their journey.  Through comprehensive programs addressing addiction, mental health problems and educational deficiencies, BRM assists guests in getting their GED, developing strong life and job skills, preparing for job interviews, becoming financially responsible, regaining hope and confidence, and much more.

Jaren Reyna, CEO of Origins Pharmacy Solutions, said his Middleton-based company is honored to provide a platform that brings Accent Hospice and Boise Rescue Mission together with the common goal of improving the lives of those facing great difficulty.

Walla Walla Community Hospice Donates to Local YWCA Domestic Violence Program

YWCA Domestic Violence Program
Gets a Helping Hand from Walla Walla Community Hospice

Walla Walla, WA.   Walla Walla Community Hospice (WWCH) has facilitated a substantial donation to the Walla Walla YWCA Women’s Safe Shelter.  As non-profit health care agency, WWCH often is the recipient of charitable contributions, but in this case, their pharmacy administrator, Origins Pharmacy Solutions, offered a way for the hospice to be the benefactor.  Through a campaign called “One for the Least of These”, a portion of Walla Walla Community Hospice’s drug expenditures were donated by Origins to a charity that serves the homeless or displaced children. The staff at WWCH chose the YWCA’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource Center.

“There are so many worthwhile programs which serve the homeless population in our community, it was difficult to choose just one”, said Community Relations Coordinator Laurie Klicker.  “Our entire staff participated in the selection, and appreciated the YWCA’s commitment to protecting women and families escaping domestic violence situations.  It’s a win-win situation when a portion of the dollars we spend to keep hospice patients out of pain can be returned to help a vulnerable population in our community a second time.”

YWCA advocates and staff will use the donated funds to provide counseling, support groups, legal and medical advocacy, and temporary shelter.  The YWCA domestic violence services give women and children access to what they need to begin rebuilding their lives after violence.

According to YWCA Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, the donation is particularly welcome at a time when the YWCA increasingly sees operating funds for emergency shelter cut and redirected toward permanent housing. While the YWCA is 100 percent in favor of permanent housing, the need for temporary crisis shelter continues, especially for people who need support and counseling after escaping violence. Schwerin says, “We are thrilled that Hospice chose YWCA as the recipient of these funds. We appreciate their great work in the community and are grateful that they value the YWCA’s important work, too.”

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